December 2013The Preppy Scientist: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Out With a Bang....



By every December 31st - I wonder how another year just flew by! 
Today is no different! 

I definitely feel that I've changed a lot this year, and I'm ready to see what 2014 brings.

This year I learned to say yes more, struggled through a fairly large slump, experienced an amazing internship, turned twenty-one, found peace in not always being first, committed myself to growing the blog, learned to let go of something no longer bringing me happiness and redefined my normal

Phew! What a whirlwind! 

I'm not really into resolutions - but this year I do have a set of solid goals that I'd like to accomplish. 
You can find these goals on the brand new page 30 in 365

I've committed to challenging myself to accomplish 30 goals (some small, some huge) over the next 365 days, and I will document my progress right here on the blog! I hope you'll join me for the ride and even come up with your own lists. 

Here we go....2014 - I'm ready!


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Monday, December 30, 2013

New Years Eve Dresses

New Years Eve is just around the corner, which means it's almost time for those NYE parties! 
If you haven't decided on the perfect outfit yet, check out these gorgeous dresses!




Ring in the new year with style!

xoxo


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas from me to you! Thank you so much for reading and supporting The Preppy Scientist. 
Enjoy this time with friends and family.

I'll be back with a brand new post on Friday!



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Holiday Drink Ideas

The one thing I love about the Holidays is how we abandon the ordinary. 
I find that during this season I'm more likely to try out new things in all areas of my life!

I'm not usually a huge drinker, but while I was pinning - I came across some really interesting Christmas themed cocktails that are perfect to serve at a party. 

Some delicious options: 


Recipes: 

1. Eggnog Martini // Martha Stewart
4. Candy Cane Cocktail // Martha Stewart
5. Baileys Coffee // Yum Sugar

xoxo


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Beauty Looks For Holiday Parties!

I love the holiday season because it's a great time to test out dramatic makeup looks that don't quite work anytime else. 

I will admit that my day to day hair and makeup is really tame (read: a headband and lip balm), so I look forward to the holidays so I can try out some new things. I don't really keep up with the latest trends, but while putting together this post - I realized how many awesome makeup looks are happening right now! It makes me want to subscribe to some beauty blogs (comment with your favourite ones)!

Some looks that I'm loving: 



Shop the products to achieve these looks: 



xoxo

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stocking Stuffers for Guys and Gals!

On the last day of gift guides, I bring to you stocking stuffers for her and him! 
I love shopping for stocking stuffers because they are just so fun and often unexpected gifts. 

Each guide has a widget where you can shop the items! 

Stocking stuffers for her:



Shop using the widget!



Stocking stuffers for him:


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Hostess Gifts

Today we're focusing our attention on the hostess. Chances are she has everything under the sun and is pretty hard to shop for, so I put together a list of fun "outside of the box' items that she will love! 


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Gifts for Him

Today I'm back with gifts for the men in your life. 
It was surprisingly easier for me to put together this gift guide than yesterday's. Is that strange?

Anyway, these gifts are sure to please the hardest of men to shop for. 



Scroll through the widget below to shop!




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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Gifts for Her

With Christmas just around the corner, I've devoted the rest of this week to putting together a few gift guides. Today we are focusing on the women in our lives. Moms, sisters, best friends - there is something here for everyone! 

The best part is you can give these items either on their own or mix and match to make the perfect gift! 


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Kate Spade is having a sale!
Head on over right now to get up to 75% some fantastic items! 

My top choices
tuxedo hill little nadine
sprinkles large manuela

come full circle black carousel bangle

xoxo


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Where to Find Me Online

Outside of blogging here, you can find me on several other platforms!
I love to interact with readers so please drop me a line!

{Illustration by Inslee Haynes}, yes please.
via Inslee


I also love to read and reply to comments here on the blog!

xoxo




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Candles

I've talked about my love for candles before. 
Every room in my apartment has a candle! I'm also known to rotate scents per season. 

Currently, I have an array of Winter/Christmas candles out! 
My current favourite scents:
'Tis the Season 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksPeach Bellini 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works
Vanilla Snowflake 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body WorksWinter Candy Apple 14.5 oz. 3-Wick Candle - Slatkin & Co. - Bath & Body Works

Orange ChaiIndian Incense


I tend to gravitate towards the Bath and Body Works candles since they smell so great and last forever, but if you are ever in the market for a more mature scent - I highly recommend the Diptyque candles! 

The three wick candles are a superb gift for that friend who seems to have it all and the minis are awesome stocking stuffers!


Do you love candles?
Do you plan on giving any out as gifts this holiday season?




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Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Cards (and a surprise)!

I am a stationery addict. 
Christmas cards are no exception. In fact, I always keep and cherish any Christmas cards I receive. 

I really love these three cards this year



How cute are they?

I really want to send out Christmas cards this year!
If you'd like to receive a hand written Christmas card from me please fill out the Google Doc!!* 



* I'm currently only able to send physical cards to Canada and the USA. International readers will receive an e-card, if an e-mail is provided. Some cards may arrive after Christmas despite my best efforts! 

Your contact information will be used strictly for the purpose of mailing a Christmas card. Please refer to the privacy policy for more information!

xoxo


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Spirit

I posted a video to Instagram the other day, and it made me realize how excited for Christmas I am! 

Truthfully, my tree has been up since mid-November....but I waited until now to share it. 

I love everything about Christmas! Going home to family, decorating, shopping, carols, Midnight Mass, the cheer everyone has. It is hands down my favourite holiday season. I even bought my cat a little Christmas dress (that she totally hates but I digress...). 

Just yesterday I was standing in the coffee line and not only was someone singing my all time favourite Christmas song, he bought the person behind him in line a coffee! 
What great spirit!




Do you get into the Christmas spirit?




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Friday, December 6, 2013

The New Normal

Every once in a while I find myself in a rut. Not your average, "I'm really tired rut" but more of a "I have no idea in which direction my life is going and the future scares me". 

Not only does the future scare me, I don't even feel like myself anymore. I suppose it's a result of all the changes happening recently, or maybe I'm too focused on the future and have forgotten to live in the moment in order to pave that path. I find myself hoping that things will go back to normal - but I'm not even sure what normal is anymore!

For so long I've been living under layers of stress and pressure and that was my normal. Now that I have less responsibilities, I need to re-define my normal. Rather than jumping from one high pressure situation to another (my specialty) I need to step back, breathe and redefine. 


At the end of the day, I really just need to feel passionate about something again. 
I think it's really easy to confuse stress for passion. But I think being truly passionate about something needs to incorporate a level of love for what you're doing. For a while I would work myself to the bone to prove that I was passionate about my work, but in the process I lost the love I had for it.  

I think the moral in this story is that it's okay to not be so rigid about things. 
Life isn't black and white, and it's important to embrace change.

Create a new normal.  
Stare change bravely in the face. 

Have you ever had to redefine your normal?





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Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Favourite YouTube Channels

So I had another post planned for today, but Blogger was acting glitchy yesterday so here we 
are. 

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you how much I love YouTube. Seriously - I can get lost in the depths of YouTube for hours. I would almost classify it as a problem. 

Though I tend to browse around - I do have a handful of favourite channels that I frequent. 


Lo Bosworth
Who could forget Lo? From Laguna Beach to the Hills she was always my favourite person and now she has her own YouTube Channel!



Max Schneider
Max is so adorable and has such a great voice. I could watch his covers forever!
He even has some awesome original music up now!


No surprise here really. I love Martha Stewart. I want to be her.



Tanya Burr
I love Tanya Burr! She is one of the sweetest YouTube 'gurus' around and has really great tutorials. I seriously with I was as skilled with a makeup brush as she. 



What are your favourite YouTube accounts?



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Photo A Day!



I'm so excited to share that from now until Christmas, I will be uploading a new photo to my Instagram account. 

I've grown to love Instagram and I hope you will join me in posting your own photos! 
Use the hashtag #preppyscientistchristmas to find the photos or if you have a photo you want me to see!

xoxo


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Monday, December 2, 2013

Letting Go.

Yesterday was my last official day as the president of my sorority.
It was one heck of a year and I was unsure of how I would feel at the end. Would I be sad? Bitter? Ready?

Turns out I was ready. 
I had a pretty great run (though some moments were beyond rough) but I am 100% ready to move on with my life and let the experience go. 


Though I will miss my level of involvement; I will not miss the stress, tears, difficult people and exhaustion.
The future is looking bright and for that I am grateful. 


xoxo


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